A humble wooden deckchair recovered from the doomed Titanic has sold for £100,350 at auction.
The Nantucket wooden chair, which once sat on a first-class promenade of the ill-fated ship, was salvaged by a search team from the Atlantic Ocean after the Titanic sank in 1912.
Dubbed 'one of the rarest types of Titanic collectable', the chair is too fragile to sit on, but has been carefully preserved, having been owned by a British collector for the past 15 years.
The ship's log records six or seven deckchairs being picked up and taken back to port in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
One was given by a crew member to Captain Julien Lemarteleur, who had previously worked on board the Mackay-Bennett.
The anonymous seller kept it by a large window overlooking the sea at his home on the south coast, never sat on it due to its fragile state and instead used it as a display item.
It was sold yesterday at Henry Aldridge and Son auction house in Devizes, Wiltshire, to a UK buyer.
Andrew Aldridge, of auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Son, described the piece as one of 'the most important [bits] of Titanic memorabilia around'.
He said: 'It is incredibly rare to find something of that size that was on Titanic, was salvaged and that still exists today.
The chair is made of teak wood and has an adjustable footrest at the front. It is 57 inches long, 23 inches wide and 35 inches tall.
It has a five pointed star on top of it, which was the emblem of White Star Line - the company that owned the Titanic.
Upon his death in 1973, Capt Lemarteleur gave the chair to colleague Captain Robin Lee. The current owner acquired it in 2001.
Sold with the chair was an in depth 'provenance package' that authenticates history and association with Titanic.
It includes a signed affidavit from Margarete Pennington, who was Mr Lemarteleur's housekeeper in the 1960s.
Craig Sopin, 57, a lawyer from Philadelphia, owns one of the world's largest collections of Titanic memorabilia.
He also authenticated the chair and said: 'It isn't often that one has the opportunity to acquire such an important part of Titanic's story.
Titanic sank with the loss of 1,522 lives four hours after it struck on iceberg at 10.20pm on April 14.